American Business Council Kuwait (ABCK) in cooperation with the US Embassy in Kuwait and Women Mentor Forum, and in collaboration with Citibank Kuwait, jointly held the first Women In Finance Event at Millennium Hotel and Convention Centre on 22 September.

The initiative was aimed at empowering women working in the financial sector in Kuwait and promoting diversity within the industry. In attendance were Dr. Catherine Mann, Managing Director and Global Chief Economist at Citigroup, and over 60 women and men from the financial sector in Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

The event kick started with an opening speech delivered by Fatah Adour, Chief Executive Officer of Citibank Kuwait, in which he welcomed guest of honor, Dr. Catherine Mann, and the distinguished guests.

This was followed by a discussion between Dr. Mann and Mrs. Besma Al Qassar, the founder and president of Women Mentor Forum, on a range of topics, including globalization, climate change, issues impacting women in the financial sector, and opportunities for women in emerging markets such as FinTech. Following the discussion, Dr. Mann entertained questions from the attendees.

The event resumed with a recognition ceremony where ABCK’s Executive Director, Esra Menke, and Head of ABCK’s Women In Business Focus Group, Dr. Abeer Al Omar, thanked the guest speaker and the event sponsor Citibank Kuwait.

The event concluded with a group picture of the organizers with the guest speaker.

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